If we take this comment from Romney literally, he thinks not only is cold fusion a done deal, but U of U solved it:
WashEx — I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity with — with cold fusion, if we can come up with it. It was the University of Utah that solved that. We somehow can’t figure out how to duplicate it.
Cold fusion was a purported breakthrough decades ago where hydrogen nuclei were brought close enough together to lock via the strong force, i.e., fusion, without the 10 million degrees and gigapascals of pressure it takes inside a star or, briefly, when a kilo of hydrogen is sandwiched for an instant between several coordinated A-bombs.
Cold fusion was debunked 22 years ago, and Romney’s comment is not all that far off: it was reported but could not be replicated. Taken alone, that kind of comment wouldn’t worry me all that much coming from a non science politico. But it’s not alone by a long shot. tthe scientific illiteracy of these clowns has reached epic proportions. Now they’re reaping the just reward of garbage in, garbage out in all kinds of ways.